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Santa Maria della Vittoria, Rome

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The Cornaro chapel of Santa Maria della Vittoria houses Gian Lorenzo Bernini's masterpiece, "The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa." The sculpture depicts St. Teresa of Avila being pierced through the heart with a golden shaft. The artwork gained renown because of its break with classical style and its exposure of a more passionate form of religious ecstasy. About two blocks from the Piazza della Repubblica and the Teatro dell'Opera, this site pays homage to the Roman Catholic victory at the 17th-century battle of White Mountain. Inside, you can see Turkish standards that were captured in the 1683 siege of Vienna. PutSanta Maria della Vittoria into our Rome travel planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • The church got its fancy name after the victory of the Catholic League in the Battle of the White Mountain near Prague over the Czech Protestants. Catholics really did not rejoice for long. The... 
    The church got its fancy name after the victory of the Catholic League in the Battle of the White Mountain near Prague over the Czech Protestants. Catholics really did not rejoice for long. The...  more »
  • This small but beautiful church is located just up the hill from Piazza Barberini and is worth a quick visit. The churches most famous sight is “The Ecstasy of St. Teresa”. Unfortunately when I... 
    This small but beautiful church is located just up the hill from Piazza Barberini and is worth a quick visit. The churches most famous sight is “The Ecstasy of St. Teresa”. Unfortunately when I...  more »
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  • Most of the churches in Rome are beautiful, and this one is no exception. This church houses the legendary sculpture of the Ecstacy of Saint Theresa by Bernini. It's the pinnacle of Baroque sculpture work. Beyond that, the inlays, art, and other sculptures in the church are also a marvel to behold. When indoors in Rome, just look up, and you'll be greeted by marvelous art.
  • This is such an amazing experience in an almost ethereal way. Entering this church with a proper mindset and you're sure to be carried away to a time when genius artists roamed the streets of Rome. What a memory. Be sure to find Berlini's humble resting place to the right of the altar.

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